The Cal women’s volleyball team (4-5) broke a four-match losing streak by defeating visiting Saint Mary’s (2-9), 3-0 (30-24, 30-28, 30-25), Tuesday evening at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears had to come from behind in every game, but had enough talent to pull out the match. Cal was led by senior setter/outside hitter Candace McNamee, who finished the match with a .316 hitting percentage (nine kills, three errors, 19 attempts) and had a career-high five service aces. McNamee was especially effective with her jump serve in the first game, tying the game, 21-21, on a service ace and then giving the Bears a 25-21 lead with four of the five points coming from aces.
Other top players for Cal were freshman middle blocker Camille Leffall and juniors Reena Pardiwala and Leah Young. Leffall had a .533 hitting percentage (nine kills, one error, 15 attempts), Pardiwala had a .333 hitting percentage (eight kills, three errors, 15 attempts) and a team-high 10 kills and Young had a team-high 10 kills and finished with a .318 hitting percentage (10 kills, three errors, 22 attempts).
Saint Mary’s was led by junior Rachel Avilla’s eight kills and Brooke Lowry added 10 digs.
The Bears will next host Oregon on Friday, Oregon State on Saturday and No. 7 Arizona on Monday, with all matches beginning at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.